Prenatal Pilates FAQ
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO... We continue with our Prenatal Blog series this month with a list of questions from our prenatal clients about Pilates and the benefits during pregnancy.
Q. What is Pilates?
A. Pilates is a form of exercise that builds core strength, flexibility and balance. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced client, it is a powerful tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates can also increase athletic performance, benefits pre- and postnatal care, improve posture and develop mind-body awareness.
Q. What are the benefits of prenatal Pilates?
A. Pilates is a safe form of exercise during pregnancy and can help you in several ways. Pilates exercises increase deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength. This provides support for the weight of the baby, takes the pressure of the spine, and increases the awareness of the muscles used during labor and delivery. The exercises also help to stabilize joints that become loose due to hormonal changes. As your center of gravity shifts, Pilates can improve your balance. Pilates also incorporates breath work that can assist relaxation during delivery.
Q. What if I have never done Pilates before?
A. It is recommended that you join a prenatal Pilates class or receive private instruction from a qualified instructor.
Q. How far into my pregnancy can I do Pilates?
A. There are many exercise adaptations and modifications that can be made making Pilates a safe form of exercise throughout your entire pregnancy. Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, it is important to listen to your body.
Q. Are there any contraindications for Pilates?
A. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, exercise is contraindicated for the following conditions: high blood pressure, preterm labor, placenta previa and premature rupture of membranes. As with any other form of exercise during pregnancy, you should check with your physician before beginning Pilates.